• Rain, road damage pose potential issues for school commute Monday

    By: Eric Philips


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As thousands of students and families get ready to get back to class, many are going to have to find other ways to get there or allow extra time.

    The summer's rain is not making it easy on road crews or parents.

    On Monday morning those who live in the Gilead Road area near Huntersville will have to deal with a road closure on top of the usual back to school build up on the roadway.

    Michelle Hummel is the mother of two Bradley Middle School students, "Literally it is a five minute drive down the road, but now it is going to be a 20 or 25 minute drive," she said.

    An excessive amount of rain washed out Gilead Road back in June.

    It was supposed to be repaired and reopened by last Friday, but transportation officials now said that will be pushed back to this coming Friday. That means that some parents, school buses and general commuters will have to take a detour leading them miles out of the way.

    "We know it is inconvenient," said Jen Thompson from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

    Gilead Road will not be the only one in the area impacting the morning's school commute. Here are some others:

    In Mecklenburg County portions of Graham Street, Harrisburg Road and South Tryon Street will impact travel times.

    The most fortunate families will be able to circumvent the traffic all together.

    "We live close to the school so we will be walking tomorrow," said one parent.

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